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When to go
Great Britain’s weather is mild and rarely given to extreme heat or cold, with the exception of northern Scotland. Whatever the season, however, you would do well to pack some sort of rainproof garment.
The period from April to September is ideal for outdoor activities, admiring the beautiful countryside and taking part in a wide range of festive and cultural happenings. The festivals of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff are often sold out, and the Trooping the Colour parade, which celebrates the Queen’s official birthday in mid-June is one of London’s top sight-seeing events.
Autumn and winter are wet and grey, even snowy in the Highlands, where some passes are closed to road traffic. The days are short and more suited to long afternoons in museums, less crammed than during the peak summer tourist season, although the pubs are inevitably packed with locals seeking a respite from the weather. In December, London’s Christmas illuminations bring cries of delight from the locals and tourists, who cluster in front of the department stores’ magical window displays.
Formalities and useful addresses
Great Britain Tourism Board – www.visitbritain.com
Money and budget
Banks are open Mon-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm. Some open for a few hours on Saturday Mornings.
Major international credit cards accepted everywhere. ATMs abound.
Car rental for 1 week (category A): £155-255.
1lunch in a pub: 15/21 £.
1 fish & chips: £10-13.
1 cup of tea: £1.50-2.
1 pint in a pub: £3.
1 ticket to a historical site: £9-17.
1 movie ticket(adult): £8.50-15.
Health and safety
Before leaving, be sure to consult the U.S. Department of State website for any last-minute information: https://travel.state.gov/
European Emergency Number: [TEL] 112
National Emergency Number (Medical Emergencies, Police, Fire Brigade): [TEL] 999
GB uses alternative 230V current (50 Hz). Sockets are type G. US travellers may require an AC adapter.
January 2 (in Scotland)
Easter Monday (in England and Wales)
1st Monday in May - May Day Bank Holiday (in England and Wales)
Last Monday of May – Spring Bank Holiday
1st Monday in August - Summer Bank Holiday (in Scotland)
Last Monday in August - August Bank Holiday (in England and Wales)
November 30 - Saint Andrew’s Day (in Scotland)
December 25 and 26
Post offices are open Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am-12.30pm.